Cilean Artist Alejandro Jorodowskyi, believes in the power of "Poetic Gestures", apparently impulsive and dramatic actions taken in order to communicate symbolically with the subconscious mind, free the unecessary suppressed emotions and break old patterns..
These "Poetic Gestures" which later developped into a real "science" called Psicomagia, could include anything from a symbolic amputation of a sexual organ ( for someone with a problem related to his sexuality for example) to the sacrifice of small edible animals such as chickens, ect..( which were then cooked over dinner with friends and family) as a way for example to clear inner anger...
For how crazy it might seems people following these acts of Psicomagic ( or teatro panico) found relief and at times healed completely the broken part of their personality...
the subconsciouss mind responds very well to symbols.
One of the Poetic Gestures Alejandro tried to make when he was younger with his then girlfriend, a poetess herself, was to try and WALK IN A STRAIGHT LINE.
The two poets (so they called themselves at the time), started walking in a straight line without avoiding any obstacle or object found along their way but facing it...for example if they came across a wall or a car or tree they climbed over it climbing instead of changing direction...if the two arrived to a door of a house they would ring the bell and explain to the person living in the house that they were poets doing the poetic gesture of walking in a straigh line...and that they had to walk through the house and its garden in order to keep the poetry in their action alive.
Our homework in critical practice for the last week was to walk somewhere and to write a three minute long piece about it...so when I found out about Jorodowsky's walk I though of putting it in this blog.
It is a great example of how to use imagination in order to break the pattern of the normal repetitive reality we are accustomed to (such as walking) and altering it in order to create magic-or aliveness.....which makes us remember we are the creators of our own reality..